Festivals and carnivals

The more eccentric the festivals, the greater the fervour with which we embrace them. St George’s Day is celebrated at concerts and creative events around the country with parades, maypole dancing and thrilling enactments of St George slaying the dragon. May Day fêtes on village greens mark the start of summer. Be entertained by a Morris dancing troupe and the crowning of the May Queen. On Bonfire Night, join a parade through towns where effigies of the traitorous Guy Fawkes are held aloft and eventually burnt. Cheer as the fireworks light up the smoky November sky.

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Enjoy great entertainment at The Spa Bridlington

Enjoy great entertainment at The Spa Bridlington

This stunning Art Deco venue, The Spa Bridlington, hosts some big names in music from The Script to Kasabian.

Location: Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

With its fine selection of food stalls, many of which offer local produce, Nottingham's Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival is a great place for foodies.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Don't miss Europe's largest hot air balloon event.

Location: Bristol

Free
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Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Hear old school traditional to cutting-edge contemporary jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

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Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Immerse yourself in a line-up of events showcasing the best of independent cinema and musical performances.

Location: London, Greater London

Culture
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Get creative with wood at The National Forest Wood Fair

Get creative with wood at The National Forest Wood Fair

Whatever can be done with wood, you’re likely to experience it at The National Forest Wood Fair, set in the stunning Beacon Hill Country Park.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

At Brighton Pride you can enjoy a risqué new drag act, dance till your heart’s content – and eat fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Free
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Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Feel the groove or just chill out with ten days of cutting-edge tunes and killer beats at the Manchester Jazz Festival.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Music and nightlife
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Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, Words by the Water A Festival of Words and Ideas, which is set by a lake surrounded by the Northern Fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Party in the City during the City of London Festival

Party in the City during the City of London Festival

Each summer the City of London Festival brings the City's buildings & spaces to life with music, street arts, film, walks & talks; much of it free.

Location: London, Greater London

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Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival is a celebration to all things medieval and associated to Robin, taking place annually within his home of Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Activities
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Celebrate at the SO Festival

Celebrate at the SO Festival

Lincolnshire’s coastal district of East Lindsey is transformed into an international arts venue during this annual festival.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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Enjoy family fun among the flowers

Enjoy family fun among the flowers

The RHS Flower Show is the North’s greatest garden party. Get inspiration, listen to the bands and pick up a few plants for your own garden.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

July events
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Warwick soaked in colour and sound

Warwick soaked in colour and sound

Sing along to folk favourites, as Warwick brings the world’s best to its door.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

Music and nightlife
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Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

From handcarts and horse-drawn carriages to steam-driven vehicles and London busses; see this parade of vehicles as they are marked with a red hot iron.

Location: London, Greater London

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Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and the Winter Festival presents one of the biggest events across the country on New Year’s Eve.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Seasonal celebrations
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Enjoy arts events at Holmfirth Arts Festival

Enjoy arts events at Holmfirth Arts Festival

Take in music, art, comedy, theatre, literature and inspiring things to do in Holmfirth and the Holme Valley.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Established in the 16th Century Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park must be one of the oldest picnic areas in the country.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Family
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See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

Every dance taste imaginable is catered for at Birmingham's showcase festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Performing arts
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Listen to famous faces and discover new ones at Brisfest

Listen to famous faces and discover new ones at Brisfest

Brisfest gives you the chance to see the latest in up-and-coming musical and performing talents, and gives them their big break.

Location: Bristol

Low cost

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